"Like A Child" - Mark 10:13-16

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. In Mark 10:13 who do you think the "they" are, and why do you think they were bringing the Children to Jesus?
  2. What do the disciples do to those bringing the children and what is Jesus reaction?
  3. Why do you think Jesus responded to the disciples the way He did?  In what way is this similar to Jesus response in Mark 9:38 - 40?
  4. What does it mean to "permit" the children to come to Jesus?  In what ways do we do this today?
  5. Jesus tells the disciples to not hinder the children from coming to Him.  What reason does He give for this?  How might we hinder the children today through age related requirements or assumptions?  (I.e. not old enough to understand etc.)
  6. What does Jesus mean when He say the kingdom of God belongs to such as these?
  7. What is the kingdom of God Jesus is talking about?
  8. What is Jesus saying about the ability of even little children to be a part of the kingdom of God?
  9. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God like a child?  Why is it necessary to do so?
  10.  In light of this fact, what is Jesus saying about little children's ability to be a part of the kingdom of God.
  11. What is it about a child that characterizes what is needed to enter the kingdom of God? What is needed?  (Eph.2:8,9; John 1:12; etc.)
  12. What do we learn from verse 16 about Jesus and His relationship to those who come to Him?  In what way does this apply to you and me today?
  13. What have you learned from this passage and in what way are you going to apply what you have learned today?
Benjamin Steiner